Colorado wildfires threaten more homes
Two large wildfires in Colorado strengthened yesterday and moved to threaten more homes and businesses. The High Park fire and the Waldo Canyon fire have now burned a combined total of 83,000 acres. Yesterday’s weather allowed both fires to expand significantly and force firefighters working the High Park fire to relocate.
High Park Fire
Yesterday’s weather saw a significant expansion of the High Park wildfire burning west of Fort Collins, Colorado. The fire has crossed the Poudre River Canyon and moved north. It continues to edge to the east and southeast. Both movements have reduced containment from 65 percent to 45 percent and placed more homes in the path of the fire. 191 homes are believed to have burned thus far, and 81,190 acres. The Horsetooth Reservoir to the southeast will prevent the fire’s movement in that direction. Some 2,000 firefighters are working this blaze.
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Waldo Canyon Fire
The Waldo Canyon wildfire began on Saturday, June 23. The fire has burned 2,000 acres in and around the Pike National Forest, three miles west of Colorado Springs. 400 firefighters are currently assigned. Evacuations have been ordered, including some in Colorado Springs and the city of Manitou Springs. The Air Force Academy is not immediately threatened by this fire.
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Table of contents for Waldo Canyon Fire
- Colorado wildfires threaten more homes
- Waldo Canyon Fire Burns into Colorado Springs
- Waldo Canyon Fire Information Resources
- Military Aids Waldo Canyon Fire Efforts
- Waldo Canyon Fire Forces Academy Moves
- Firefighters Gain Ground in Colorado Fire
- Colorado Springs Begins Fire Recovery
- Gains Made on Waldo Canyon Fire
- Academy firefighters recognized for Waldo Canyon Fire efforts
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